It’s never really been helpful, and now it’s overkill.
The photo at the top of this post is from the Cubs/Brewers tiebreaker game last Monday. Though Game 163 was not a postseason game, Major League Baseball decided it was of enough importance to assign a six-man umpiring crew, as they do for postseason games.
The six-man postseason umpiring crew has been used in MLB for more than 70 years, since 1947. It’s always been a bit of a puzzle to me as to why this is done. You are taking men who do one job (officiating at home plate or on the bases) for an entire season and asking them to do something they never do (make calls along the foul line or boundary calls).
And if you think that’s just me saying this, here’s what a few umpires said about these assignments back in 2008:
“I remember standing out there feeling like a fish out of water,” the veteran umpire Ted Barrett said of his first postseason assignment, the right-field line, in 2000. “You’re nervous as it is, being your first time in the playoffs, and you’re out of your element.”
“It is a bit different, to be sure,” said …Read the Rest
Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue